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July 26th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Gov. Jack Markell weighs in on gun control debate

For the first time since the theater shooting in Colorado, President Obama forcefully weighed in on gun control yesterday, making perhaps his strongest comments yet as president on gun violence.

Speaking to the National Urban League, Obama said, "AK 47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals [...] they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities."

Chairman of the National Governors Association and Obama campaign surrogate Gov. Jack Markell joins Early Start this morning to discuss the president's remarks and to discuss the controversial issue.

Although Gov. Markell stresses that he's primarily focused on addressing gun control at the state level, he says, "lots of us support the second amendment but we want to make sure we're keeping weapons out of the hands of people like [the shooter] in Colorado."

Gov. Markell also explains his initiative to increase employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities.

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